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Offline Prod

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Totem Cams
« on: August 22, 2015, 06:09:20 pm »
Seems like everything I read is that I need these. Now when I look at their site it shows 2 different kinds?

https://www.totemcams.com/

I currently have fuck loads of cams. My small cams are Master Cams and older Metolous Ultra Light cams. I also have a set on Offsets in both  of these kinds.

What are your preferences?

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Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2015, 07:57:25 am »
Hey, I'm no longer a gumby! Now an A1 fiend.

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Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2015, 08:46:48 am »
I was just given a set and used them on an El Cap route yesterday. Honestly, in the past when I heard people rave about these things, I assumed it was yet another new piece of gear that, in reality, not much of an improvement over the preexisting technology. OH BOY am I wrong! They felt solid in every placement I put them in. I even intentionally put them is the most awful, flared pockets I could just to see how far I could push them. None ever popped.

They are a game changer.
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Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2015, 09:10:05 am »
Awesome RP3. What would you recommend. Just the Hybreds? All the basics? or the whole kit and caboodle?

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Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2015, 09:32:24 am »
The weirder looking totems are The Shit for aid clinbing and great for free climbing too. They will stick , as RP3 said in the craziest places. Even when two cammed they inspire much confidence.

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Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2015, 10:39:20 am »
Just bought a set of the stemless ones, the totem totem's? Any you'd double up on?

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Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2015, 11:08:21 am »
I have four sets.

End of discussion.

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Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2015, 11:54:12 am »
There ya go....lol.
You'll be pleased, Guy.

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Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2015, 04:57:19 pm »
I have but a mere single set of the totems. Nonetheless. . . . they are definitely sweet. 

The new BD X4s are awesome too, especially the very smallest ones.

But totems are a must-have nowadays.

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Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2015, 06:59:34 pm »
Double up on blue and yellow for starters.

Say it with me:

I will never leave a totem behind!!

Nevvvahhhh!!!

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Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #10 on: August 24, 2015, 06:24:13 am »
Whoot!!!

Got a full set of Totem totems coming.

Ordering a set of basics and an extra Blue and Yellow.

Good thing my wife never comes to this site or checks my credit card statement....

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Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #11 on: August 24, 2015, 08:05:16 pm »
Everyone I climb with skeptically tries them and by the end of the day they are asking where to order them from.

you will love them.

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Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #12 on: August 24, 2015, 10:43:43 pm »
yup, sold Miwok on them on day one of a filthy loose seam.

A think by then he was starting to realize I sort of know what I'm doing.

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Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #13 on: August 25, 2015, 08:15:11 am »
Regular totems are a game changer, blue and yellow are your money size. Totem Basics are great but not a game changer, just a good replacement for an alien (much better than the first run of fixe aliens, not sure about the new fixe evo aliens as I haven't played with them.)

Ps: regular totems are so good that when cmacs outdoor gear lab gave what I considered to be a bogus negative review that wasn't based in anything but looking at them and not really trying then out, I deleted all of my reviews on the site and have never been back.
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Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #14 on: August 25, 2015, 01:31:56 pm »
Totems are the cams you save for when you really, really NEED a good placement!!

Skot, Max and I all yell "Watch me! I'm not on a Totem" as the occasion arises.

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Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #15 on: September 09, 2015, 10:16:33 pm »
I agree with the Outdoor gear lab assessment that they are heavy. The weight will add up if you are carrying doubles/triples.

"They work everywhere you place them." Seems to be the general consensus and in the few pitches I've used them on I can't say I disagree.

The Basics look better then the old aliens. The head is narrower.

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Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #16 on: September 10, 2015, 12:25:40 pm »
Here are the weights of like kind.

Camming Device    Weight (g)

Totem Cam 1.25   109g

DMM Dragon 2           106g

BD Camalot .75   116g

Wild Country Helium 1.5   106g



Looks like they are not in fact that heavy.  Most every body uses doubles of BD Camelots, which are in fact heavier than totems.

The only reason that outdoor douche lab makes so many negative claims is that they are on the TEET of BD and Metolious.



 

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Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #17 on: September 10, 2015, 03:54:59 pm »
They're not really heavier...but they are bulkier. Worth it IMO.

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Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #18 on: September 11, 2015, 07:12:38 am »
The few I placed prior to bailing (FUCK) . were bomber as hell. They just felt and looked better.

They do rack oddly though.

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Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #19 on: September 11, 2015, 09:20:46 pm »
Good to hear that you like them Prod!

It takes a little bit of time to get used to them. I've placed them in ridiculous sandstone pockets in Moab and knew they would just blow when I applied weight to them. But they are simply amazing and hold. I continue to be astonished at their potential. I've only got two sets but would like more. In the spring I'm going to sell some of my c4's and replace them with totems.

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Re: Totem Cams
« Reply #20 on: September 13, 2015, 10:04:32 am »
What happened on NNL Prod?

Pretty hot and smokey huh?